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    Staying Safe Online

    Hands up those of you who shop online... Sorry, hands up in the air all of you who shop online.

    Amazon? Did you join Amazon Prime? No>>> Are you sure? It is remarkably easy to join without realising and the £7:99p a month DD is easy to miss in any bank statement.

    Cold callers. Never hand over any bank details to anyone over the phone. Not even the fraud squad who need your help. If they are false it saves you a lot of problems and if real they will understand.

    Never open attachments unless they are sent to you by your own request. Always check the URL and the little padlock.

    Firewall working? Anti-virus up to date?

    https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/types-of-scams

    The UK is well behind in anti-fraud help.

    Any interesting scams worth sharing to help others avoid the traps?

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    Parcel Deliveries

    With online shopping ever more popular, the number of home deliveries being made by couriers is increasing. However, the Trading Standards team would like to take this opportunity to remind you to act on the side of caution before taking delivery of any unexpected parcels. Over recent years various “courier” type scams have been reported. Examples include a person posing as a “courier” delivering a gift or a bunch of flowers which is accompanied by a bottle of wine. The “courier” then states that as the parcel contains alcohol, they are required to confirm the delivery was to an adult and requests that the person receiving the parcel swipes a credit card and enters their PIN into his handheld device. In the matter of minutes, the unsuspecting recipient will provide the stranger with the opportunity to clone the card and record the PIN.


    Another example of a “courier” scam involves the resident returning home to find an “unable to deliver” postcard waiting for them, with instructions to call a telephone number to re-arrange delivery. But in reality no parcel exists and they may find they are inadvertently calling a ‘090’ or ‘091’ premium rate number which will result in nothing more than a large telephone bill. Another recently reported scam involves a parcel delivered to the correct address but the addressee is unknown. A couple of days later someone turns up to collect the parcel, claiming it was intended for them but had been sent to the wrong address by mistake. This person is never seen again. However, once the parcel has been handed over, the resident who took delivery will start to receive demands for payment for its contents.
    Our advice is:

    1. always act with caution if you receive an unexpected parcel delivery;
    2. most online retailers will notify you when your purchase has been shipped, so you know when to expect delivery;
    3. check to see if the parcel is correctly addressed to you or someone else in your household;
    4. never provide any credit card details or payment to confirm receipt of a parcel;
    5. if you are in any doubt, refuse to take receipt of the delivery;
    6. never feel intimidated into making a quick decision just because the courier is in a hurry;
    7. if you receive an “unable to deliver” card, take a moment to check you are not being asked to call a premium rate number;
    8. if you are not expecting a delivery, do not call the number and throw the card away!

    If you have any information or would like to report a possible scam, please call Citizen’s Advice Consumer Service on 08454 040506 or email the Trading Standards team at [email protected]



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    Who Is Blind?
    The one who is unable to perceive another world.
    Who is dumb?
    The one who cannot speak a kind and loving word at the right moment.
    Who is poor?
    The one who is plagued by too many desires.
    Who is rich?
    The one whose heart is contented.

    Anon.


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    Beware of scam gift voucher & product offers on social networking sites

    SCAMwatch is warning social networking users to beware of scam posts which offer fake gift vouchers or products for free. The vouchers are offered in exchange for personal details and passing on a scam link to friends.

    How the scam works


    • You see a post on a social networking site such as Facebook or Twitter offering free gift vouchers or products. Recent scams have offered fake vouchers for supermarkets and coffee shops. Other have offered free products such as smartphones, tablet devices and laptops.
    • This scam abuses brand names and logos of well-known companies and products in order to make the offers look legitimate.
    • To claim the voucher or product you may be asked to first “Like” a Facebook page, share the scam post with friends and follow a link to complete a scam survey. The survey will ask for personal details which scammers can then use to commit identity theft.
    • If you fall victim to the scam you will never receive the product or voucher. If you print an online voucher it will be a fake which is not honoured or of any value.
    • In more sophisticated versions of this scam, clicking on links may cause your social media account to become hijacked or compromised. A hijacked account will spam your friends with more scam post. If your Facebook page has been compromised use this Facebook page to re-secure your account. If your Twitter account has been hijacked see this Twitter information on how to re-secure your page.
    • Similar scams also are perpetrated via email with links to online scam surveys.


    Protect yourself


    • Never click on suspicious links on social networking sites – even if they are from your friends. Remember if an offer seems too good to be true it probably is!
    • Be very wary when filling in surveys linked to via social networking posts and pages. Scammers commonly use these surveys to steal your valuable personal information.
    • If in doubt about the authenticity of a free offer always contact the company on their official customer service number to verify that it is genuine. You can also search the internet using the exact wording of the offer as many social media scams can be identified this way.
    • Keep your personal details personal - be careful what information you share and post on social networking sites and with whom you share it– expect that people other than your friends can see it.
    • Set your online social networking profiles to private, never give out your account details and regularly update your computer’s security software.
    • Protect your accounts with strong passwords and change them regularly - have a different password for each social networking site so that if one is compromised, not all of your accounts will be at risk.
    • Don’t accept a friend request or a follow request from a stranger - people are not always who they say they are and the best way to keep scammers out of your life is to never let them in.
    • If you think you have provided your banking or credit card details to a scammer contact your bank or financial institution immediately.

    Report

    You can report scams to the ACCC via the report a scam page on SCAMwatch.

    More information

    See our social networking scams page for more information.

    Coles Supermarkets have also issued a warning about this type of scam via the Coles website homepage.

    If your account has been compromised:




    Stay one step ahead of scammers, follow @SCAMwatch_gov on Twitter or visit http://twitter.com/SCAMwatch_gov.


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    Who Is Blind?
    The one who is unable to perceive another world.
    Who is dumb?
    The one who cannot speak a kind and loving word at the right moment.
    Who is poor?
    The one who is plagued by too many desires.
    Who is rich?
    The one whose heart is contented.

    Anon.


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    I wear gloves before I touch the keyboard.
    Prophylaxis.

    "Wubba Lubba Dub Dub!"



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    The Internet, the same as everything else that exists in our world, can be used for good or evil purposes. The choices we make and the intention behind our decisions show the wise ones in charge of us the degree of our spiritual maturity.
    Who Is Blind?
    The one who is unable to perceive another world.
    Who is dumb?
    The one who cannot speak a kind and loving word at the right moment.
    Who is poor?
    The one who is plagued by too many desires.
    Who is rich?
    The one whose heart is contented.

    Anon.


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    Chimmney sweep scam...they don't use kids anymore but still charge the same price...thrupence
    The only one who can heal you is you.




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